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Welcome to Tallygarunga, an original roleplay set in the Harry Potter universe. Set in present-day Australia, tensions are high between the Ministry of Magic and the only Ministry-run wizarding school in the country. Become like the other snooty private schools? Not a chance.

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a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
November, 2019 :: Spring

Rachel Ryan

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  • Birthday 11/26/2001

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    Rachel Vanessa Ryan
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    Dublin, Ireland
  • Year Level
    Sixth Year
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    Sturt Quidditch Team Beater
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    Karen Gillan

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    Gnarled Yew, 9 1/2'', Hippogriff Tail Hair Core
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  • Playerx Kirupachi
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  • Birthdate Day 26
  • Birthdate Month 11
  • Birthdate Year 2001
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  • School Superstar 13
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  1. I really miss baseball...

  2. ...My arms feel like they're gonna fall out with the new training regimen, Jesus...

    1. Lisa Knotley

      Lisa Knotley

      Do your job and don't complain.

    2. Rachel Ryan

      Rachel Ryan

      The Spencers really got under your skin, huh...

  3. Speak of the devil. Heard screams coming from the Kookynie Halls. I guess someone found it. Perhaps with their face.

  4. A guy hit a bludger so hard today in training he snapped the bat itself in half. That's a first.

    We also don't know where the hell that bludger went now. Beware the rogue bludger.

  5. Does anybody here know how to play baseball?

    Hell, I'll go lower. Does anybody know how to throw a ball/swing a bat in the area? I'm getting rusty.

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    2. Lexi Stewart

      Lexi Stewart

      I can swing a bat, can't promise it won't fly out of my hands, but I can hit pretty hard.

    3. Rachel Ryan

      Rachel Ryan

      That doesn't sound promising in the least.

      I guess I can teach you so I don't end up getting dropped by a flying bat to the head at one point or another.

    4. Lexi Stewart

      Lexi Stewart

      Thank you ❤️ I'll meet you after class! 😊

  6. Complete Beyond the Elemental Basics

    Putting her wand down and stretching out her limbs upon succeeding with her task, Rachel decided to phone it in for the rest of the class - she didn't care much for performance, and if she wanted to have fun expanding her elemental spell repertoire, she could always do it on her own. It wasn't like she cared about house points half as much as the girl sitting next to her. The redhead watched Lisa succeed, if questionably, at the spell. She didn't look at all pleased with the outcome. "S'that all ya got?" Rachel goaded for once - it was rare when she got the upper hand on Lisa, and she wasn't going to let that slip through her fingers. "Shut up." Came the response from her friend, which brought out a chuckle as a reaction. By every metric she had passed what was required of her with the task at hand, but Lisa wasn't one to be satisfied so easily; she needed to make the spell as strong and versatile as could be in order to be pleased with herself. As she charged up a second try, the pair was distracted by a commotion a little ways away from them. "Oy! You alright?" Rachel called out to the downed Ian - the fall had looked quite painful and watching people get hurt wasn't her cup of tea. Lisa rolled her eyes at the scene, though the distraction made her release spell sooner than she had intended - as well as not nearly as fine tuned. An oversized shard flew towards the dummy, slicing its head clean off before finally being stopped by the wall behind it. "Oops." That was a very big dent. It was perhaps for the best that it was a magical environment, otherwise Lisa would be wholly incapable of affording structural damage repair.
  7. I really don't understand how this school even functions at times.

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    2. Aspen Clarke

      Aspen Clarke

      Maybe it's you who works too hard. You need to chill a little. Other students might lag behind which makes the classes more tedious if the Professors move at their pace. Maybe talk to the Professors about it and see if they can push a bit harder.

    3. Rachel Ryan

      Rachel Ryan

      The hell are you talking about? I don't even study.

    4. Aspen Clarke

      Aspen Clarke

      That's another reason to talk to the Professors, if you don't study and you think the Professors aren't pushing you hard enough, talking to them might help.

  8. Complete Wandless Wonders Intermediate Term 3

    "What?" Rachel was taken aback by the teacher telling her that she was dismissed after completing the fairly simple task (at least, from her point of view). She hadn't been in that class for five minutes, and it was already over? Was Tallygarunga masquerading for a school? 'This is a shit show, more like.' Most students were still busy with the task, but, had that been the only thing the Professor had prepared? "...Fine, sure. Whatever." She ultimately shrugged to herself and got up from her seat, hoisting her bag over shoulder, and giving the teacher a second look with brows furrowed in confusion as if wordlessly questioning if she was positive if that's what she'd have Rachel do. Seeing no return in focus as Andrea busied herself with another student instead, the redhead rolled her eyes. She didn't know what she'd do with so much free time on her hands all of a sudden, given that the whole student body was busy with class (or so she hoped). But, did she really care? At least she had some time to do nothing. With that in mind, the Irish girl left the classroom to enjoy her completely undeserved time off.
  9. Complete Wandless Wonders Intermediate Term 3

    Clean the mannequin? 'Do it yourself.' Rachel rolled the eyes at the task - if the Professor wanted to make them her personal cleaning slaves, she could at least make things minimally interesting. That, or actually teach them something. She couldn't remember the last time the Professor actually did that - it was always 'do this spell' and 'do that one now' with a complete lack of instruction. For someone who learned the way Rachel did, it was quite grating to have to constantly rely on flashbacks to get the job done. After the 'hint' - as far as Rachel was concerned, it only made it painfully obvious that there was something that would be interfering with the usage of any and all spells to actually get the job done and that they'd have to waste time figuring what was going on instead of perfecting their skills -, the girl's eyes focused on the closest mannequin. She didn't even bother try to clean it once approaching it, looking up and down Dolores with an unamused expression. What she had to do was fairly simple - she had to use Revelio to figure out what was going on, and so she did. It wasn't the first time they had used the spell in the class (though one would think they'd have move on by then). Soon, things became clear - there was some sort of charm in place that prevented the cleaning proper until it was dispelled. 'Child's play.' One general dispelling charm later, Rachel was free to get the job done. The doll soon was cleaned up and she had her memory to thank for that - she had the feeling others wouldn't fare so well in a needlessly complicated task, but then again, she didn't care.
  10. To however charmed my bat to constantly miss in training today, I assure you my fist won't miss your face.

  11. That sure is a lot of whipped cream flying around lately, but I wish people would stop randomly screaming when they get hit. It's grating.

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    2. Rachel Ryan

      Rachel Ryan

      Uh... Thanks? I guess?

      Is this a joke?

    3. Lexi Stewart

      Lexi Stewart

      Why would I joke? That makes absolutely no sense.

    4. Rachel Ryan

      Rachel Ryan


  12. I have way too damn much free time these days...

  13. What happened to @Amber Cross' steady long stream of haikus? They were some nice popcorn material, even if they sucked.

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    2. Aspen Clarke

      Aspen Clarke

      Not even Franklin can help her ...

    3. Travis Franklin

      Travis Franklin

      @Amber Cross just look at that picture, might help for inspiration if you get a good look from another's perspective.

    4. Amber Cross

      Amber Cross

      That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works!

  14. Complete Beyond the Elemental Basics

    All the chatter going around involving endless complaints on how the break had come to a close was starting to get under Rachel's skin. To her, it was a good thing - she finally could continue training again, and at least a few people would remember she existed at last. There wasn't much to complain about on her end; it was made all the sweeter by having Elemental Magic in the first week of school, even if it was on a Friday. It was her favorite class. It would always be. She ignored her fellow classmates and sat down at her usual spot, watching the lecture in silence. She crossed her legs under the desk and her arms under her chest as she paid attention. Ice, eh? It was something she had accomplished before, on her own time; plus, she had the benefit of being a year older than everyone else due to her academic itinerary. It would all be a cinch, as far as the redhead was concerned. She didn't need any prompt, nor did she wait for the questions to be replied to. Flicking her wand in a motion mimicking the Professor's, she uttered the incantation - one of the rare times she had to do so in the subject in particular - and ice formed, flying in the direction of one of the dummies. The effect of the impact had been the same, and after the spell she limited herself to twirling her gnarled wand between her fingers. One thing was certain - the teacher would have to do better than that to stump her in Elemental Magic of all things.
  15. Complete Wandless Wonders Intermediate Term 3

    As per usual, Rachel didn't exactly bother to give the teacher a greeting in return. The redhead walked into the classroom without a hint of sleepiness plaguing her - if anything, the cold re-energized her and made her ready for the day. Sitting down on one of the chairs at the back of the room, Rachel looked around the classroom idly as it started to grow more and more populated over time. Her eyes eventually landed upon a certain mannequin. How many times had she seen it at that point in that very class? An eyebrow raised pointedly with skepticism at the use of the thing - it was so common that she was starting to think Professor Riverpond had some sort of doll fetish she was trying to pass off as completely legitimate. "Great..." She muttered under her breath. The notion sent a shiver down her spine. Why did she have to think of that?
Rachel Vanessa Ryan
Sturt Quidditch Team Beater Sixth Year
17 year old Pureblood Human She/Her
Age  17
Date of Birth November 26th, 2001
Birthplace Dublin, Ireland
Year Level Sixth Year
Occupation Sturt Quidditch Team Beater
Player  ✩ Kirupachi
Blood Status Pureblood
Species Human
Pronouns She/Her
Patronus Hedgehog
Wand Gnarled Yew, 9 1/2'', Hippogriff Tail Hair Core
Play-by Karen Gillan
  • 1st to 3rd Year - Hogwarts, Gryffindor House
  • 4th to 5th Year - Ilvermorny, Pukwudgie House
  • Current - Tallygarunga, Sturt House
  • Really wants to connect with someone in some way, and craves people's attention;
  • Kinda sorta really likes sappy romantic fiction;
  • Victim of unintentional neglect through her childhood due to her parents being overworked to their eyeballs at all times;
  • Actually a very good person with solid moral standards, but very embarrassed about doing 'good for the sake of good', having the urge to rebel;
  • Is deeply unsettled by the thought of harming any living being, even if it's just a bug or an actual enemy out to kill her;
  • Selfless to ridiculous extremes, with a big tendency for self sacrifice;
  • Doesn't think she's worth anything nor anyone's time, causing her to push everyone around her away with her behavior.
General Knowledge
  • Has the tendency to swear every other phrase;
  • Thinks the sorting system is both drunk and sadistic for placing her in the Sturt house;
  • Sarcasm galore;
  • A bit too influenced by Internet meme culture;
  • Does not play well with others, nor with authority (unless it's a sport);
  • Smiling isn't a thing - the most you get out of her is a smirk when she happens to make fun of you. Otherwise, she looks perpetually annoyed/pissed off;
  • Extremely talented vocalist (soprano range) and pianist, looking to pursue a career in either or both;
  • Excellent memory, to the point she breezes through school without bothering to study, retaining what she needs in class directly;
  • A source of frustration would be that she shows potential to be so much greater than what she bothers to apply herself to;
  • Versatile Quidditch player, mainly playing as a Beater but doubling as a competent Seeker when needed;
  • Huge fan of baseball, rooting for the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, and used to play it herself during her Muggle culture-focused year;
  • Absolute natural in water-based elemental magic, and seems to be jumping a few hoops over what's expected of her as she seems at least capable of incorporating electricity into her magic;
  • Left handed (primarily);
  • Likes to tinker... with anything, really.

A very rude, sarcastic and headstrong girl, it's not uncommon for her to rub most people she meets the wrong way. She speaks her mind with hostility dripping from every word, and even people that she may be close to have a problem dodging this. Those who don't understand her usually rule her out as an angsty teenager, and those who do start believing she's a force of nature with a lot of heart.

Most of the time she just acts like she wants to be left alone - her upbringing inadequacy makes her question her worth, meaning she doesn't believe others should bother with her, thus causing her hostility to surface. If someone bothers to spend time with her anyway, it's hard to shed that massive mental barrier but her amicable manners start to peer through her words and actions. If they end up in the other end of the spectrum, however, she takes great pleasure in making fun of them and going out of her way to mess with them, akin to a bully.

She doesn't let conventional fears get in the way of whatever it is she must do, since 'you gotta do what you gotta do'. The quicker you start, the quicker you finish. Never leave anyone behind, and get to the finish line even if you have to cut a limb off. Albeit reckless and impulsive, her bravery and seldom displayed empathy has won brownie points with authority figures of previous schools, and she has always left them in good standing.

Rachel values other people's lives and feelings over her own as she considers herself unimportant. This makes it so she has a very big tendency for self sacrifice over others, often behind the scenes, not hesitating in being an absolute warrior for that cause. Even if she doesn't like the person too much, she will go out of her way if she sees they absolutely need it. She rationalizes this via excuses, saying she's doing it for someone else she does care about for example.

Ultimately, her self worth issues also cause her not to care much about her studies to the point she never picks up a book outside of class. Throughout her academic career her teachers always found this very unfortunate, as she certainly presents all the signs for a witch with extreme potential - she dominates the subjects she's in, and shows the occasional unintended flair of brilliance, mostly out of mischievousness and accidental discovery.


Rachel is a bit on the shorter side, standing at around 160 cm. Her petite figure belies her fitness and upper body strength - she's a competent runner and beater, and very light on her feet. This often leads to people underestimating her abilities in athletic fields.

Her ginger hair is actually curly, although she magically straightens it on a daily basis since she doesn't like it. Her hazel eyes need the aid of reading glasses but she's rarely spotted with those on at all, since they hurt her very sensitive skin and leave the sides of her nose raw.

Her wardrobe is extravagant on occasion, though this isn't exactly a fashion statement - rather, it's to annoy people around her for no reason at all, and unconscious means to getting the attention she craves.


Rachel doesn't have much in the way of friends - from how she sees things, she's a full believer that she won't get more than a handful at most throughout life counting the one she has now, if one could call it that. Having a big issue with feeling worthless constantly, she's taken on an attitude that forces people away in general: her hostility has actually worked in her favor in that regard, though common sense would argue it's against her.

Once one does break through that shell they find that the brutality of her speech remains, although it's far more decipherable at that point - she only means tough love and has the best of intentions most of the time. Ironically, at this point, her attitude makes her a valuable friend to have.


Her relationship with her family is borderline non-existent, and such was the catalyst of her acting out so strikingly. She knows very little about her parents and vice versa past their name, age and occupation, never having had much of an opportunity to spend time with them because of the tasks they're sent out on. She feels like she doesn't matter to them past legal responsibilities and is starting to think the best course of action is to leave once she turns eighteen to erase the burden.


Having no experience whatsoever, the girl has no idea how to approach the matter, even if she has a somewhat romanticized view of the whole matter. She doesn't seem to understand when someone is attracted to her either, to the point she has to be beaten over the head with that fact and she'll still not know what to say or think. One needs to be quite patient, and perhaps assertive, to get through to her in that way.


'Haters', or, enemies, are certainly abundant when it comes to this redhead. She both vilifies and is vilified fairly easy, and she's the type to yell in people's faces and be obnoxiously rude to them for no discernible reason - it's earned her more than a few detractors over the years across all institutions she's enrolled in. Though, for all her bark, there is apparently no bite as she dislikes harming other people beyond bombastic arguments.

The story so far

Rachel Vanessa Ryan was born to two pureblood wizards in Dublin, Ireland. Her childhood was rather chaotic - she was constantly moving around the United Kingdom due to her parents' work demands, and never stayed in one school for too long. As a result she never formed any friendships to speak of, and her only actual 'friend' was the piano that was taken with them in every move. She also took a liking to running by herself as means of expending extra energy, as their neighborhoods were mostly safe and/or magically protected.

The longest time she's been at a school was when she was in Hogwarts - for three full years, she was in the Gryffindor house. She was somewhat alienated from her peers despite the sense of camaraderie and her successes in Quidditch, becoming an alternate player for them in the first year, and quickly rising to a main roster position in the second.

Just as she felt like she could start fitting in, her parents were assigned to New York, in the United States. Rachel was transferred to Ilvermorny, and drafted to the Pukwudgie house. The process repeated itself - except she felt herself growing more withdrawn, and more verbally abusive. She didn't even stand a chance before her parents had to move again to Toronto, taking her along and forcing her to take a year off of schooling.

They were in a Muggle community that time, and so she had to adapt. Being used to being a Beater in Quidditch, she had an easy time taking up baseball and found out she actually enjoyed it. The introduction of Muggle (and, unfortunately, Internet) culture made her temporarily mellow out and form a few bonds, for as fleeting as they were, which made that year and a half go by a bit too fast for her liking. And as her life usually dictated, any feelings of settling in at last were soon followed by being uprooted. It happened then as well, and she was moved to Australia.

By that point, Rachel was visibly angry over moving so many times - her parents opted to sign her up to Tallygarunga and leave her there regardless of where they may end up, something she honestly doubts will happen. Due to different in school times she applied just before the school year was about to end, and was accepted in to the fifth year she had already completed for the sole purpose of an examination of talents and knowledge to ensure she was prepared to take on the sixth year. With abundant free time, all there's left for her to do is to aimlessly roam the campus, as well as Narrie, and endlessly torment the people she comes across.


The more time that goes by through that sixth school year, the more Rachel is coming to realize not a thing will ever change for her. Even if she found someone to latch herself onto much like a minion (begrudgingly - she's yet to forgive Lisa Knotley over the fact she's dating the Captain of a rival Quidditch team), she still fell on the wayside while everyone kept strengthening their relationships around her. Rachel's feelings of worthlessness are being exacerbated greatly, even if she herself doesn't realize it; and with the lack of initiative on her own part, things look bleak.

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